Former Teammates React as Dallas' Dez Bryant Joins the Saints

What Dez Bryant signing with the Saints means for fantasy football owners

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby defended as Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant gained extra yardage, in November 2017, after catching a pass in the first half of a game in Arlington, Texas. Wednesday afternoon, former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. But it took longer than expected for the wide receiver to be signed by a team.

During his eight seasons in Dallas, Bryant played in two divisional playoff games in 2014 and 2016, losing both to the Packers, and one wild card, defeating the Lions in 2014. Bryant spent the majority of his career in Dallas playing on the outside, though he played more snaps than usual in the slot past year.

However, his professional reputation has been marred at times by public confrontations with coaches and teammates during games and practices.

But his production had been slipping in recent years as he battled foot and knee injuries; he had 69 catches for 838 yards and 6 touchdowns in 16 games played last year. He signed his last contract right after that but has not approached that level of production since - a central reason Dallas released him in April.

Bryant retweeted a person congratulating him on landing with the Saints, who lost receiver Ted Ginn Jr. for the year. He'd previously met with Cleveland and Baltimore.




Although the Saints (7-1) have a seven-game win streak and are the No. 2 scoring team in the National Football League, they are thin on proven receivers.

Led by record-setting quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints rank seventh on offense overall, averaging 402.2 yards per game, and seventh in passing, averaging 289.9 yards.

Bryant now enhances what was already a very risky Saints offense, giving them one of the NFL's best red zone weapons since he came into the league in 2010.

The Saints face the Cowboys in Week 13, giving Bryant a matchup against the team that drafted him with the No. 24 pick in 2010, and the only franchise he's played for until now.

Those numbers may not look as good as what fans have come to expect from Bryant over the years, but they are still a solid addition for an already dynamic Saints' offense.

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